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Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Motorola has big plans for the Moto Z and its accompanying Moto Mods as we move into 2017. Now with seven different mods offered for its Moto Z family of phones, Motorola senior vice president of product management John Touvannas suggested at a press event yesterday that a 5G mod could be in the pipeline. Obviously such a mod would be a while off, but launching a mod with 5G capabilities would mean that folks wouldn't necessarily need to upgrade their phones to take advantage of faster networks.

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Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

This week the folks at Samsung were tipped to drop a plan for an advanced camera system with two lenses for the Galaxy S8. This new lens system would have put Samsung in more direct combat with Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, still expected to wield its own 2x camera setup. This back-facing set of cameras would have utilized two different camera sensors, one made by Samsung, one made by Sony.

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A flock of drones could save Apple Maps

A flock of drones could save Apple Maps

Picture the scene: Tim Cook cackling at the top of his castle, screaming "Fly, my pretties!" as a wave of drones swoop out to give Apple an edge over Google Maps. The Cupertino firm's homegrown navigation app, Apple Maps, didn't arrive to the best of reviews, and while the software has undoubtedly improved since its debut in late 2012 - not to mention benefited from being the default app in iOS since then - it's still struggled to emerge from under that initial cloud. Now, Apple apparently has plans to significantly boost the software's usefulness.

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Samsung mulls massive split

Samsung mulls massive split

Samsung will spend the next six months figuring out if investor demands to split the South Korean behemoth in two makes financial sense, the company has confirmed today. The split - which would see Samsung Electronics divide, forming both a holding company and an operating company - would result in a shareholder payoff in the billions of dollars. That's just what one of the firm's biggest investors has been insisting must take place.

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VW Arteon concept teases new design direction

VW Arteon concept teases new design direction

Aiming to move out of the shadow of luxury sibling Audi, Volkswagen has begun teasing its new design direction with the first official glimpses of a sports-minded four-door. The VW Arteon is a sleek, coupe-esque sedan which the automaker says previews not only a future high-end product from the company, but its new design strategy for the overall range. That strategy, it seems, involves mounting more of a style assault on the premium nameplates in VW's portfolio.

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Marvel vs Capcom 4 expected for reveal at PlayStation Experience

Marvel vs Capcom 4 expected for reveal at PlayStation Experience

Listen up, fighting game fans, one of the most popular character mash-up series of all time appears to be making a comeback. A new entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, which pits the most iconic super-heroes in combat against some of gaming's biggest characters, is rumored to be announced in the next week. A handful a images teasing Marvel vs. Capcom 4 have made their way to the internet, with insiders claiming it be revealed at the December 3rd PlayStation Experience (PSX) event.

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Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Maserati may have been slow to the electric car party, but going by its freshly-confirmed EV plans it'll make quite a splash. The company has announced that, sure enough, it intends to have an electric vehicle on the roads by 2020, and we now also know what that car will be. Turns out, Maserati has looked to its stunning Alfieri concept coupe for design inspiration.

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Yes, there’s an Apple Black Friday 2016 sale

Yes, there’s an Apple Black Friday 2016 sale

If discounts and deals are your thing, Apple seldom satisfies: the Cupertino company is not only reluctant to cut its prices, but generally frowns on those resellers who dare to. That's going to change this Friday, though, with a rare Apple sale the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike many Black Friday promotions we're seeing this year, though, Apple's will really only be just for one day.

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Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime sports may be streaming’s next big cable-cutter lure

Amazon Prime subscribers may soon get live sports streaming as part of their Prime Video, with the retail behemoth said to be in talks with multiple leagues about a potential deal. Prime, Amazon's $99.99 a year membership scheme, began originally as a way for shoppers to get faster shipping on all of their orders with no individual surcharges, but has subsequently expanded to include a variety of content as well. In addition to Prime Video, which offers on-demand TV shows and movies, there's Prime Music, a lending library of Kindle ebooks, and more.

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Apple wireless routers reportedly face axe

Apple wireless routers reportedly face axe

It may not be long before Apple pulls the plug on its wireless router business. New reports claim that Apple has disbanded its router division, meaning that it's not likely we'll see a refreshed AirPort moving forward. When you combine this report with the fact that there hasn't been a new AirPort release since 2013, it seems like the writing may be on the wall.

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Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Microsoft and HP are working on a consumer-tier Windows 10 Mobile phone, according to sources. This would follow the HP Elite X3, a phablet with a hefty price tag and features like Continuum and HP Workspace. Details about this tipped consumer-tier Windows phone are still slight at the moment, though the same sources say Microsoft has announced a phone event internally for February 2017, highlighting a timeframe in which we may see this handset announced.

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Major layoffs signal Intel’s departure from wearables

Major layoffs signal Intel’s departure from wearables

Except for some of the biggest tech companies, the wearables market has been a tough one to find success in. It seem Intel is waking up to that fact, as new reports indicate the company is laying off almost all the staff from its wearable division. This also comes after the debacle surrounding Intel's own Basis Peak smartwatch, which was recalled earlier this year over concerns of overheating and burning users.

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